Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer testing | Private cancer screening 

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. It is a significant global health concern, impacting millions of lives each year. Bowel cancer develops when abnormal cells in the colon or rectum grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor. This type of cancer can affect both men and women and is often diagnosed in individuals over the age of 50, however increasing number are being noted in younger age groups.

Testing for bowel cancer typically involves a combination of screening, diagnostic, and imaging methods. Early detection is key to successful treatment, making regular checks and awareness of potential symptoms crucial.

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What is a FIT test?

A Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a non-invasive test that detects tiny amounts of blood in the stool, which may not be visible to the naked eye. A small sample of stool is collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis. It is often recommended as a routine screening test, especially for individuals aged 50 and older or those at higher risk.

How much is a FIT test at London Doctors Clinic?

A FIT test is £35.20 in addition to the consultation fee.

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer can exhibit a variety of symptoms. It’s important to note these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than bowel cancer, but if they persist, it’s essential to consult with a doctor for proper evaluation. Symptoms of bowel cancer may include:

  1. Changes in Bowel Habits:
    Persistent diarrhoea or constipation
  1. A change in the consistency of stool:
    Feeling the need to evacuate the bowel even after doing so
  1. Blood in the Stool:
    Bright red blood in the stool or dark, tar-like stools (melena – indicating bleeding higher in the digestive tract)
  1. Abdominal Discomfort:
    Persistent abdominal pain or discomfort, often cramping in nature. Bloating or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen
  1. Unexplained Weight Loss:
    Significant and unexplained weight loss without changes in diet or physical activity
  1. Fatigue:
    Generalised weakness and fatigue, unrelated to exertion or lack of sleep
  1. Anaemia:
    Iron deficiency anaemia may occur due to chronic blood loss in the stool
  1. Narrow Stools:
    Bowel obstruction or narrowing of the colon may lead to pencil-thin stools
  1. Incomplete Evacuation:
    Feeling that the bowel is not completely emptied after a bowel movement


These symptoms can overlap with various gastrointestinal issues, and their presence doesn’t definitively indicate bowel cancer. However, if these symptoms persist for more than a few weeks, it’s advisable to seek medical attention for further evaluation. Additionally, individuals with specific risk factors, such as a family history of bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or certain genetic conditions, should be particularly vigilant and may require more proactive screening and monitoring.

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